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Petition filed on girl-trafficking

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, November 22, 2012
First Published: 10:58 IST(22/11/2012) | Last Updated: 11:05 IST(22/11/2012)

A petition has been filed in the city sessions court, seeking an inquiry into a false case of minor girl trafficking, against officers of Kolkata police in collusion with the members of an NGO called Justice and Care, for fabricating a false complaint.

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Moving the petition, the petitioner told the court that a group of NGOs in collusion with the officials of immoral traffic section (IT) and detective department (DD) have been operating a racket in court by filing false cases of minor sex trafficking.

It was alleged that the NGO members would abduct young sex workers from Sonagachi and then fabricate false complaints in their name to start a false case of trafficking against their parents and others.

By falsely describing these women as underage victims, these NGOs would obtain foreign aid in the same of combating child trafficking.

The NGO members and cops then produce the girl as an underage victim before the child welfare committee (CWC) and have her remanded to a shelter home run by another NGO, where they would induce her to make a false statement before the magistrate against her parents and others.

The fourth fast track court judge, on Saturday, directed the petitioner to serve a copy of the application under section 340 of the CrPC upon Chaitaly Chakraborty, additional officerin-charge of IT, DD, Cornelius Gomes and Manjuri Mondal, members of Justice and Case, for a hearing of December 7.

The judge also issued a notice to 20-year-old Naina Singh, who has been falsely described as a complainant and underage victim.

Fabricating false complaints and statements and filing the same in court constitutes serious offence, under section 193 and 195 of the Indian Penal Code, punishable by up to 10 years in jail. Naina was a young sex worker and resident of Sonagachi where she had been living with her parents.

On March 12, Naina went missing from her residence. Her parents filed a missing persons complaint with Bartalla police station, and a search for the abductors ensued. On March 27, members of Justice & Case, along with the official of IT,DD went to Naina’s residence and arrested her parents. The cops then started a false case by fabricating a false complaint in Naina’s name, alleging that her parents had been forcibly using her for prostitution for seven or eight months.

However, she managed to escape on March 21 and went to another NGO office at Rashbehari Avenue. The NGO members also produced Naina as a minor girl before the CWC in Kolkata and had her remanded to a shelter home of another NGO named Hope Kolkata Foundation.

The petitioner alleged that the complaint and statement of Naina were fabricated.

“She was missing from her residence since March 12. Therefore, there is no question of her managing to escape from home on March 21. Moreover, as per Naina’s own Pan car and voters’ ID card, she was above the age of 19 years, but police falsely described her as a 17-year-old minor,” the petitioner said.

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